Gold Rush Hwy photography workshop
May 4 - 8, 2020
Open to traditional and digital photographers of any experience level.
Old Truck, Dusk, Mokelumne Hill,
Hwy 49, CA. Copyright © Lynn Radeka
join us for our 2020 California Gold Rush Highway photography
workshop! Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut will be hosting this new photographic
workshop, open to all photographers, traditional and digital,
of any experience level. Not only one of America's true historical
locations, the Gold Rush Highway (California's Hwy 49) is exciting,
colorful and extremely photogenic. Step back in time to see these
amazing towns built in the mid-1800's as a result of gold being
discovered in California. Along the entire scenic route, skirting
the western foothills of the high Sierra mountains, many original
buildings, lovingly preserved and restored, are still standing.
Dine in restaurants that served gold miners during their heyday
and sleep in colorful wild west hotels that have kept their original
gold country charm.
workshop begins in historic Placerville, a booming gold rush town
in the middle of Hwy 49. Traveling south we visit Plymouth and
Dry Town, then the historic Sutter Creek with it's old western
buildings, photogenic signs, shops and restaurants. Founded by
John Sutter, one of the original discoverers of gold in 1848,
this historic town enjoyed the fruits of the gold rush and quickly
grew because of the large deposits of placer gold nearby. Continuing
south we visit the larger and very picturesque town of Jackson,
then after some twisty forested road the small and quirky town
of Mokelumne Hill with it's streets and buildings showing the
signs of frequent earthquake activity.
south the next photogenic gold rush town is Angels Camp with it's
many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Laundry is displayed hanging on ropes across the main street as
a tradition of commemorating the past.
next stop is Columbia State Historic Park. This is one of the
best preserved historic towns in the American West. We will very
likely spend at least a half day here.
south we photograph the historic towns of Sonora and Jamestown.
Then it's on to Chinese Camp, with it's tiny but very photogenic
Main Street and side streets. Old brick buildings, carefully preserved
with their iron-clad doors, are still standing. Depending on time,
participants may wish to go even further south to the small historic
mining town of Coulterville with it's historic Main Street. Beyond
that lies Hornitos, a very small town with a ghost town feel nestled
among the oak tree covered hills where Ansel Adams made several
check back frequently for updates to our itinerary and feel free
to email Lynn Radeka if you have suggestions on potential locations.
Contact Lynn Radeka
Outhouse, Chinese Camp, Hwy 49
Copyright © Lynn Radeka
finest filters and holders
workshop is open to all photographers whether shooting large
or small format black and white or color, traditional or digital!
No photographer will be rushed regardless of his/her film format
or digital format and experience level.
participant is expected to be self-sufficient with regards to
all meals including indoor dining. Please
inquire about any concerns or limitations.
and Ron may be reviewing each day's shoot on a laptop computer
and commenting on possible image manipulations and improvements.
Contrast masking (for photographers shooting film) will be discussed
as well as other traditional developing/printing methods. Digital
photographers will enjoy the array of interesting software programs
and techniques we may be demonstrating as well, including focus
stacking for extreme depth of field and HDR for controlling extreme
contrast. More importantly, the workshop flow will be largely
determined by the needs and desires of the workshop participants,
ensuring a very enjoyable experience for everyone.
Sutter Creek, Hwy 49, CA. Copyright
© Lynn Radeka
will be handing out durable viewing cards (an aid in visualizing
compositions) to everyone. He will be assisting attendees in obtaining
the best exposures and white balance settings using RAW format
for those photographers shooting digital, and zone system methods,
previsualization, exposure, development, view camera controls
and selection of filters to those photographers shooting traditional
large format. All participants will be given a discount code for
products from ProgreyUSA
(world class filters and filter holders).
photography workshop will also teach the use of contrast masking
in your previsualization routine. This will help traditional photographers
learn how to previsualize images with the intent of applying contrast
masking (or other specialized darkroom procedures) to the final
prints. Surprisingly, this often results in images being shot
that otherwise might be passed up due to lack of local contrast
on the scene or elements that aren't well separated from surrounding
detail. The intended use of masking can alter the exposure and
development given to the negative.
are not allowed on this workshop except for spouses, which will
be required to be self-sufficient. This workshop is limited to
eight paid participants. Please see the signup details below.
Placerville, Hwy 49, CA. Copyright © Lynn Radeka
in his early work by Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radekas
professional photography career spans fifty years. His love of
the grand landscapes and intimate details of the American West
was born on his first trip to Death Valley in 1966.
Radekas Black and White photography has been featured in
eight National Park posters and several calendars including the
calendar series Radeka: The American West
and several ghost town calendars published by Browntrout publishers.
In 1989 and 1990 he was commissioned to do the photography for
five full-color books, resulting in a 2 year journey that took
him through the back roads, historic places and ghost towns of
the entire American West. Lynn also has the honor of being a featured
photographer in the book publication "World's
Top Photographers: Landscape" and has been published
in B&W Magazine, View Camera Magazine
and other photography publications.
Radeka currently teaches workshops in Death Valley and Canyonlands
National Parks, and Contrast Masking workshops in his home darkroom.
He is the producer and co-author of the Contrast
Masking Kit - a technical manual
for traditional film-based photographers. Lynn feels completely
at home using a 4x5 view camera for his film-based work and more
recently a Sony A7R mirrorless camera for his digital work.
visit the bio page of this website for more information.
Gaut discovered the outdoors at an early age and developed a
deep passion for wilderness and photography. Not surprising,
with Ron's 30-year engineering background and thirst to learn
about photographic processes, in the early 1990's he began to
experiment with many different films, developers, silver papers
and alternative processes. He quantified much of his work by
sensitometric analysis to determine the film/developer and paper/developer
combination properties for different film and paper development
methods, submitting the results as thesis papers at a local
in his early work by Ansel Adams, John Sexton, Lynn Radeka,
Ray McSavaney, and other contemporary "west coast"
landscape masters, Ron traveled and photographed the southwest
with his 4x5 view camera.
Gaut is an expert in digital techniques. "I enjoy the digital
workflow. However, there is a steep learning curve to becoming
proficient and printing your own work is essential." Ron
uses Lightroom for global adjustments and Photoshop to fine-tune
his images before printing. He has firmly established himself
as an accomplished photographer and printer, receiving awards
and accolades from critics and through photography competitions.
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